Dovetail Toolbox

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Project by Reddial posted 726 days ago 5404 views 43 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I began to cut dovetails a couple of years ago, I decided it might be a good idea to build a toolbox to hold the special tools I wanted to keep specifically for dovetailing. I thought would be appropriate to build the box utilizing dovetail joinery.

I used cherry and walnut primarily except for baltic birch I used for the interior backboards where all of the tools are attached. The tool racks are easily removable to accomodate tool changes and additions.

The handles are easily removed.

The front and back are attched with walnut dowells left a bit proud. A few brass screws were used where the component might require easy removal or adjustment, but nearly everything was dowelled. Some as small as 1/8”. There are 3 SOSS hinges.The locking mechanism is a 1/4” dowell that I carved threads into. I used a pointed dowell inserted into the hole to engage the threads and act as the female portion of the lock.

Tools consist of everything I need for dovetailing and I only open this box for that purpose. Included are my best Two Cherries chisels, one of my refurbed #4 Baileys, shop made mallet, Veritas dovetail making gauges, and japanese saw.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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#1 posted 726 days ago

Very nicely done! Great job. I really like this a lot!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 726 days ago

I am impressed with the level of thought you put into this. Thank you for sharing. I hope to learn to hand cut dovetails some day.


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#3 posted 726 days ago

Wow that is awesome, great job!

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#4 posted 726 days ago

Amazing, I love how before I can think up something amazing to make I see it on Lumberjocks.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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Billy Hernandez Jr

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#5 posted 726 days ago

Nice job! That will make a great hand-me-down to your kids and grandchildren

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#6 posted 726 days ago

Very nice box.Awsome

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 726 days ago

This is fantastic. Very compact and useful. I’m jealous of the chisels… would you recommend them?

-- Allen, Colorado

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Marty Backe

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#8 posted 726 days ago

Very nice. Perhaps there was some influence from the Studley tool chest, in the way that some of the tools fit jigsaw like? I like it.

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#9 posted 725 days ago

Very innovative. I love seeing the creativity expressed on here. Good job!

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Kari Hultman

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#10 posted 725 days ago

Very nice! Everything is well-fitted and the design is beautiful.

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#11 posted 725 days ago

That a great project. A lot of thought went into that. Nicely done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 725 days ago

That is a beautiful little chest. As others have said, the amount of thought in this is incredible – is it your own design?

Really like the handmade lock/latch, and the split handle on top is neat, too!

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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#13 posted 725 days ago

Great design and execution. I like all of the innovations you’ve incorporated into this box. Looks like a real craftsman’s box. Now, I just need to take the design and expand it about 4 times so I can mount it on the wall and get all of my tools in one place. Thanks for the post.

-- Tim

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Kent Shepherd

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#14 posted 725 days ago

Well done!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#15 posted 725 days ago


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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